Birmingham police officer arrested

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A Birmingham police officer has been arrested for murder in connection with a deadly car crash.

Birmingham Police, in a statement Wednesday to FOX6 News, said James Kendrick, 36, of Birmingham, was arrested in connection with the death of Derric Rush, 42, of Hoover. Investigators said Rush died in a crash that happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, on Interstate 59 near the Arkadelphia exit.  Investigators said the accident is believed to be alcohol-related.

Police said a murder warrant was obtained against Kendrick, who turned himself in and posted bond.

Kendrick has served with the Birmingham Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the North Precinct.  Kendrick has been placed on administrative leave pending an ongoing internal investigation.